Govt has the responsibility of protecting human rights: Chandrashekar Hanagunda

Mysuru, December 10:- “Voting is our right. We have to cast our vote to elect a strong government,” said retired District Sessions Judge and member of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Chandrashekar Hanagunda.

He was speaking after inaugurating legal awareness programme, job fair and health camp organised by Manava Hakkugala Seva Samithi to mark the Human Rights Day at Town Hall on Ashoka Road here on Monday.

“Human Rights Day is not a new thing for us. Saint-philosopher Basavanna explained about human rights in the 12th century. Sarvajna spoke of equality in the 15th century. Now it has got a universal angle. You can question if your rights are troubled. Life, freedom and respect are explained in the Indian Constitution. Human rights are Constitutional rights and the government has the responsibility of protecting the rights of its citizens,” he said.

“Human rights are being violated these days. Land acquisitions and other things should ensure development, but not at the cost of human rights. As the human right violation was increased, strict laws were introduced in 1993 to protect it. National Human Rights Commission came into existence in 2007,” he explained.

Fifteen achievers in various fields were awarded Manava Ratna awards.

Seer Elai Alvar, Raghuram Vajapayee, social worker Dr H M Krishnamurthy, Sumitra Ramesh, Kasthuri Chandru and others were present. (MR/HN)

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